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Of all the age groups senoir citizens ususally have a lower crime rate with the exception of purse snatching, home repairs, frauds and scams.

Crimes of violence are most feared by older people because these types of crimes get so much press attention. These types of are least likely to happen to a senior citizen.

Most murders and assaults are usually committed by a relative, friend not by a stranger. This is not to say not to be wary of strangers but to also be aware of your surroundings with all people at all times.

A rape of a woman over 65 rarely happens. Always walk and show confidence in a relaxed manner. Make brief eye contact with approaching stranger.

No matter how a senior citizen is victimized, the crime has a greater effect emotionally and financially. Crimes to older people can be very devastating.

We all have heard the expression, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Be sure your home has good locks, and use them. One thing you might do is replace the striker plate screws with longer 3 1/2″ screws. They will be long enough to penetrate into the door jam not just the door molding.

Know your neighbors and have some idea of their family routine. If you see something out of the ordinary call your local law enforcement. They would rather do that than show up on a crime scene.

Form neighborhood watch group in your area. If you start experiencing a higher crime rate start walking in groups in your area. Some neighborhood groups patrol in cars and have citizens band radios. Post signs in the area informing would be criminals of the watch group.

Let your neighborhood know your home is a safe haven for a child and they can go to it in case of an emergency.

Install a “wide angle” peep hole at a level that will be comfortable for your height. Don’t let anyone into your home unless they adequately show proper indentification. Even then confirm the person with the company they represent. If you have any suspicions don’t let them in. Tell them you will call for help if they need it and call the police of this contact.

Trim all shrubbery to waist level. Don’t have any shrubbery that will block windows or provide a place where an attacker my hide.

When you return home before unlocking you car doors, look around you and be sure there in no one is present or have followed you home. Some attacks have ocurred while a person was getting out of their car or walking to get into their home.

If possible have the outside light on a timer if you will be coming home after dark. It’s not good to have it on during the day. It will be a clear beacon that might let a criminal know you are not there but will be coming home after dark.

Posted on January 7th, 2010 at 15:48 by Alex Smith in Uncategorized - Comments (4)

4 Comments leave a comment
  1. Targeting old people is such a horrible crime. I like your suggestions especially the three and a half inch screws, from my experience as a locksmith this does make the doors a lot harder to kick in. In addition, I would suggest locking the roll up garage door at night. Unfortunately, these doors tend to be quite easy to defeat.

    Comment by Royce � May 27, 2010 @ 6:03 am

  2. One of the most important safety devices that the author has forgotten to mention that would help protect a senior citzen from theft and assualt is a monitored security system. A monitored security system will protect a senior citizen from being burglarized while at home and away and provide medical alert protection.

    Comment by Janice � October 6, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

  3. I totally agree with your second point, Janice. At least those security systems will be synchronized to police stations, right? This will definitely be helpful to them because they already have lost the reflexes to respond to threats, making them more vulnerable to crimes. Anyway, thanks for the post. Very helpful not only to senior citizens but to everyone.

    Comment by Locke � January 28, 2011 @ 12:22 am

  4. Working in the security industry for 15 years, I personally think you cannot beat retractable security grilles. Burglaries are opportunist and you do need a visual deterrent, which at the same time does not affect the cosmetics of your property. When installed internally and used with a cost effective burglar alarm, security grilles can make it not only difficult but rather impossible for a burglar to break into your premises.

    Comment by Matt � March 5, 2011 @ 8:19 am

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